Posted in Crayons, history, Two Shoes Tuesday

All about crayons…

Two Shoes Tuesday prompt today is

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The only crayons I have heard of or seen
(or what my ditsy brain remembers)
is Crayola Crayons.

Crayola Crayons have a 99% recognition among U.S. households.
Makes sense to me.
Have you heard of another crayon brand?

In 1903, Alice Binney, wife of the company founder’s son, Edwin, named the crayons Crayola.
The name is derived from the French word for chalk, craie, and ola for oleaginous.
This was when the first box of eight was introduced.
In 1904, the company won a Gold Medal at the St Louis World’s Expo.
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Congratulations!

The Binney folks were founding members of the
Crayon, Watercolor, and Craft Institute
to promote product safety in art materials in 1936.
Yay, them!

1948 saw them start teacher workshops and in-school training
to show the many ways Crayola products can be used..
Smart peeps

The box of 48 with stadium seating is unveiled in 1949.
Crayola_1st_No48_open1956 and the 64 color assortment with built-in sharpener
was on store shelves
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and in 1993 the 96 crayon box was for sale.

Box of crayons

The 100 billionth crayon was produced in 1998.
A 2001 poll found that blue is the favorite color.
Just plain old blue.

Child Magazine named the Crayola Crayon Maker.
the Best Toy of the Year in 2002.
Now kids could melt the “leftolas”  and make new crayons.
This was also the year the
Twistable and Erasable Crayons were introduced.

2003
Happy100th Birthday Crayola Crayons!

Not only does the company make kids, teachers, babysitters and parents
happy they are also making environmentalists happy.
In 2010 with two partner companies they opened Phase 1
of a Solar Farm.
The Solar Farm produces enough energy to make
1 billion crayons and reduces greenhouse gas
by 3,800 tons per year.
You rule Crayola!

If you really want some crayons then this is the box for you
512px-Crayola-Tower-Pack150 crayons for your coloring pleasure.

And that ends my post using the prompt crayon.

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Posted in Celebrate the Small Things, Two Shoes Tuesday, wonder

The wonder of it all…

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When I look around at this place called earth,
the tiny part of it I see and experience every day,
I cannot help but feel very little and very loved.
I celebrate what I see and feel and hear and smell and taste
today and all the days of my life.

I am linking to
Two Shoes Tuesday
the prompt is
WONDER

and to
Celebrate The Small Things

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Posted in Home, jumble, Two Shoes Tuesday

It’s a messy jumble…

                                                        I am joining
closetTwo Shoes Tuesday
the prompt is
Jumble

Jumble
clutter filled
my hall closet
astonishingly, assorted, muddled, miscellany
hodgepodge

I could have used the word junk
but jumble sounds nicer.
No, I am not going to show you a picture with the door open!

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Posted in Diversions, Five Sentence Fiction, Two Shoes Tuesday, Umbrella

The Umbrella Tree…

 I am linking to Two Shoes Tuesday, the prompt this week is,
UMBRELLA–UNDER

And linking to Five Sentence Fiction, the prompt is,
DIVERSIONS

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Like all children sometimes she thought life was just too complicated and confusing. What always helped her work out the puzzle of life was to go down the road to her magic place under the old Umbrella tree. She would sit there and let her mind wander where it would and before long the complexities and confusion would seem smaller and less troublesome. She was no longer a child but at times life still seemed an impossible puzzle and she would seek a diversion to help her recapture the contentment and tranquility that had slipped away. That’s why today she finds herself walking down the road to the Umbrella tree where she will sit and let her mind wander and soon all the pains and problems of life will ease and the magic place will soothe her soul.

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Posted in Beautiful, Two Shoes Tuesday, Wednesday Wit and Wisdom

What is beautiful…

I have a problem with the popular concept of what is beautiful.
If our looks don’t quite conform to what the media
proclaims is beautiful then are we ugly?

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Three hands, three generations, three places in life.
A babies hand.
Dimples, smooth, no lines, scars, wrinkles or knots.
Just beginning with a little history, a little story.
A mother’s hand.
Strong, some lines, wrinkles, rough, no dimples.
In the middle with some history, some stories.
A grandmother’s hand.
Soft, knots, bulging veins, wrinkles, and darkened skin.
Near the end with lots of history and stories.

Which hand is beautiful?
Look beyond what your eyes see and look with your heart.
Are they not all beautiful?

I am linking to Two Shoes Tuesday. This weeks prompt is
BEAUTIFUL

I am also linking to Senior Adventures
Wednesday Wit and Wisdom

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Posted in musings, Two Shoes Tuesday, work

Intent and action and me…

Today I am linking to
Two Shoes Tuesday
Yes, it is Thursday.
I tried for Tuesday, but it just didn’t happen.
the prompts this week are
intent–action

I looked up the two words to help decide what to write
and while doing so I learned something about myself.
Not really something new but after looking at the words
how I live and work and my strengths and weaknesses are clear.

  • Intent: noun; object, plan, goal
    Intent: adj; determined, attentive, concentrating, committed, resolute

Yes, that’s me, for sure.

  • Action: noun; acting, doing, execution, effect, influence, process,

Yes, that’s me, sort of.

Let me explain.

Intent

thinkI like and I am good at objectives, having a plan and goal,
I can think it through and find a way to make it happen.
I can concentrate and be attentive to the details,
but I sometimes lose sight of the big picture.
I am determined to get it done!

Action

noworkI can effectively influence others and motivate them.
I can explain how the plan will be executed and the process involved,
I am a thinker and planner and motivator but not a good worker bee.
The actual doing of the plan is best left to others.

  I am more of a thinker than a doer.
But things do get done when I am around.

Images: pixabay

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